Online Safety

The internet is a wonderful resource for children to explore, create and connect with others. It opens up a whole wealth of possibilities for discovery but it can also have its pitfalls; it is important to foster independence and exploration whilst keeping children safe.

We take seriously our responsibility for the safety of all pupils and staff. Staff are given training and are aware of the school’s policies and procedures in relation to e-safety. Both staff and pupils are expected to sign and abide by the school’s ‘Acceptable Use of IT’ policy before using computer equipment.

We provide a planned e-safety programme as part of Computing lessons which covers both the use of ICT and new technologies both inside and outside school. In addition we may also cover topics such as cyber-bullying as part of our regular Circle Time or PSHE provision.

The school hosts e-safety talks for parents and carers which are provided by Police Officers from the Dorset Safer Schools Community Team. Our next workshop for parents is on 28th March 2019 (5 – 6pm).

We can only succeed in keeping pupils safe online by working together with parents to ensure we provide a consistent message.

The NSPCC advises 4 simple rules for working as a TEAM to keep children safe online:

– Talk to your child about staying safe online

– Explore their online world together

A – Agree on rules about what’s ok and what’s not

M – Manage your family’s settings and controls

Pupil Code of Conduct

Online Safety Newsletters for Parents

E-Safety Video for 8 – 10 year olds

CEOP e-safety video for KS2 pupils

Further Information

Links to other resources with further information on how you can help your child to stay safe online are available at the top right of this page or click on the links below.

CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection command)

Vodafone Digital Parenting

A magazine style website  containing tools and advice on keeping children safe online. There are articles to help improve parents knowledge of the kinds of sites their children may be using.

Safer Internet Centre

Tips, advice, guides and resources to help keep your child safe online

Bullying UK – Cyber Bullying

Information on cyber bullying.

Thinkyouknow – How to guides

Videos and How to guides to help parents keep up to date with the latest digital technologies with links on how to report concerns and how to get help

NSPCC Net Aware

A guide to social networks